Bourne Free Pride Festival

Bourne Free is Bournemouth's annual Pride Festival.

The next Bourne Free Pride Festival is 12th - 14th July 2019.

Performers for 2019 include Sharon Needles, Mutya Buena, Shane Lynch & MC Big Ben, Big Brovaz & Booty Luv, Alison Limerick, Abz, Miss Jason, Brandon Block and many more.

The popular event comprises:

Bourne Free Parade (Saturday from 11am - town centre)
The Bourne Free parade is a celebration of equality and diversity in the Bournemouth community. Each year the parade gets bigger and bigger with many local and national companies now taking part. Joining in with our parade is free and only takes a couple of minutes to register.

Bourne Free in The Triangle (Saturday from 1pm - The Triangle)
The Triangle Arena is where it all happens. This year Bournemouth has live entertainment on stage all day from your favourite drag artists to celebrities, tribute acts to local entertainers there’s something for everyone. Headlining is Big Brother and Drag Race star Courtney Act.

Bourne Free at The Bandstand (Saturday from 1pm)
The Bandstand is where it all started, Bourne Free’s first ever event was held in the Lower Gardens in 2004. Since then Bourne Free has continued to provide a fun, exciting packed afternoon filling with entertainment, stalls and activities for everyone.

Bourne Free Family Fun Night (Friday from 5pm - The Triangle)
Enjoy a family-friendly movie, under the stars, appropriate for all ages or sing along with our great entertainment live on stage. Bourne Free’s Family Fun Night is a night for the entire family. This fun filled evening kicks off at 5pm in The Triangle Arena, food stands and a fully stocked bar.

Sunday Celebration - Sunday 14th July from 11am
Join the annual Bourne Free Celebration Worship at 11am on Sunday 14th July, this years service will be held at: The Brewhouse & Kitchen, 152-154 Commercial Road, Bournemouth, BH2 5LU. 

Why did Bourne Free start?

Bourne Free was originally set up in 2004 when a far right organisation was due to come to Bournemouth and preach that homosexuality was wrong. Many prominent figures and active members of the gay communities in the area came together to organise an event in the Lower Gardens to protect the gay communities from the bigots and keep them together for a day of celebration, rather than of hostility.

The event included entertainers performing at The Bandstand to support diversity, a balloon release with a 2 minute silence for victims of hate crime and Bournemouth’s first Gay Pride march. By the end of the day those that had come together just a few weeks before the preachers came to Bournemouth, the Bourne Free Committee, felt that they could have done even more if they had more time.

It was decided that the committee would get back together and repeat the event every year, but as an official charity with designated roles. Bourne Free would become an annual celebration in the heart of Bournemouth for everyone to see the diversities in the community and to enjoy a variety of entertainment. In 2006, the title of the event was changed to the Bourne Free Pride Festival.

Who is Bourne Free?
The Bourne Free committee consists trustees and volunteers plus a large number of contributors from the LGBT community across Bournemouth and Dorset. Bourne Free is a registered charity and has no paid staff.


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